Alumni Fund Awards 2014/15 Alumni Fund Awards 2014/15

In 2015 12 projects were funded through The Alumni Fund; made up of donations from alumni of UEA.

This year, they include Support for Students on Placements in Geneva, a Spanish language tri-monthly e-magazine and a new Repository of Examples of Student Work.

Project Title Amount Awarded
Support for students on placements in Geneva   £                4,200.00
Spanish language tri-monthly e-magazine  £                3,000.00
Debates in Today's America  £                   603.00
Launch of Music and Literature No. 6 at UEA  £                1,350.00
Learning Technologies and Learning Difficulties: Inclusive Approach and Good Practice  £                3,033.35
Creating a repository of examples of student work   £                3,422.56
Annual CCP PhD Workshop  £                2,000.00
Straight from the IT expert's mouth  £                4,785.00
Give It A Go Project  £                4,300.00
Student events social media cooridnator  £                2,700.00
Advice Drop in sessions  £                1,040.00
Postgraduate social grant fund  £                2,000.00

Support for Student on Placements in Geneva Support for Student on Placements in Geneva

School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies

The funding will cover the costs of student travel and living costs in a trial program of six student traineeships in Geneva. The process of building links between UEA and placements in Geneva has begun with all six placements expected to be completed by August 2017. These traineeships will enhance the employability and cultural diversity of the students who participate, giving them the experience of working abroad in organisations with worldwide impact. 

Spanish Language Tri-monthly e-Magazine Spanish Language Tri-monthly e-Magazine

School of Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies

The funding enabled students to successfully create 4 issues of "La Taberna", UEA's first Spanish Magazine. Covering a wide range of topics, students working on the magazine have developed their language skills and employability, encouraging engagement with the wider community for translation, website building and journalistic experience. 

Video La Taberna HD-HD 720p from UEA Sector de Español on Vimeo.

All four issues can be found online.

Debates in Today's America Debates in Today's America

School of Art, Media and American Studies

The funding allowed for 3 successful lectures held at the Second Air Division Memorial Library. The talks were given by the experts from the School of Art, Media and American Studies, and examined current controversial topics including: "Race, Violence and the Confederate Flag", "What is it Good for?" and "One National Under God: Religion and Politics in the United States". The lectures were hugely successful, hitting maximum capacity and sparking thought-provoking, informative and revealing debate. The talks were open to UEA students and the public, allowing successful engagement with the wider community. 

Launch of Music and Literature No. 6 at UEA Launch of Music and Literature No. 6 at UEA

School of Art, Media and American Studies

Funding allowed for 3 successful lectures held at the Second Air Division Memorial Library. The talks were given by the experts from the School of Art, Media and American Studies, and examined current controversial topics including: "Race, Violence and the Confederate Flag", "What is it Good for?" and "One National Under God: Religion and Politics in the United States". The lectures were hugely successful, hitting maximum capacity and sparking thought-provoking, informative and revealing debate. The talks were open to UEA students and the public, allowing successful engagement with the wider community. 

Learning Technologies and Learning Difficulties: Inclusive Approach and Good Practice Learning Technologies and Learning Difficulties: Inclusive Approach and Good Practice

School of Literature, Drama and Creative Writing

In November 2015, funding supported an event held at the Forum in Norwich to celebrate the launch of Music & Literature no.6 featuring the work of Alejandra Pizarnik, Vicrotia Poleva and Dubravka Ugresic. The event gave the students the opportunity to mingle with the contributors to the journal, as well as editors and publishers in the field. 

Creating a Repository of Examples of Student Work Creating a Repository of Examples of Student Work

Student Services

Funding for a project to digitise examples of completed undergraduate assignments. Helping students understand what constitutes ‘good practice', this project aims to improve academic confidence, engagement and success. Textual and audio-visual commentaries will be created which will show students the best features of the work and identify areas for development.

The project is set for completion summer 2017.

Annual CCP PhD Workshop Annual CCP PhD Workshop

Centre for Competition Policy

Funding for a well-established workshop providing PhD students from Law, Economics, Business, and Politics, Philosophy, Language and Communication Studies with the opportunity to present their research. The feedback and new perspectives provided allow our PhD students to test original ideas, refine their arguments, and improve their presentation skills, all of which are key to their future employability.

Straight from the IT Expert's Mouth Straight from the IT Expert's Mouth

School of Computer Science

Building on the project 'Straight from the Horse's Mouth' project, which was funded by the Alumni Fund in 2014, this project centred on enhancing the learning environment of Computer Sciences students and bringing experts from the field to share their experience. This year's project was expanded with seminars including a wide selection of topics, lecture series in Computer Graphics and Game Development and successful activity days during which current students, actuaries and companies came together.  

Give it a Go Project Give it a Go Project

Union of UEA Students

The project enabled hundreds of students to trial dozens of clubs and societies for free - giving them a taster before they decided to become a paid member. During the first 5 weeks of term, 32 societies and 13 clubs ran Give it a Go sessions, with many running multiple sessions. Over 100 events and activities were put on over a 5 week period and each club and society which ran a session received three grants which could then be used towards equipment or other essentials.

Student Events Social Media Coordinator Student Events Social Media Coordinator

Union of UEA Students

The grant from The Alumni Fund enabled the Union to employ a student to coordinate the Union's Social Media presence. Engaging with our media savvy student population, this post increased student engagement and showed off the wide variety of events, activities and campaigns run by the Union and University. The Student Event Social Media Coordinator was a great opportunity for our students to gain hands on experience and to enhance their employability in the future. 

Advice Drop in Sessions Advice Drop in Sessions

Union of UEA Students

Funding for the Union's Students' Advice Centre Drop in Sessions increased the capacity, quality and visibility of the student volunteer-led project. Over 400 students used the drop in sessions in the period between September 2015 and April 2016 - a 40% increase in number of students compared to the same period last year.

Postgraduate Social Grant Fund Postgraduate Social Grant Fund

Union of UEA Students

The Postgraduate Social Grant Fund offers support towards activities to be led by current Postgraduate students, without the requirement to have a long term commitment in any project. Nine different activities were successful in their bids, with 229 postgraduate students so far attending events and benefiting.